Plumbing WOF – Announcing Our New Service!

We are excited to announce a new service that Plumb Plumbing & Drainage is offering homeowners  – a Plumb WOF.

Just as your car needs a warrant of fitness to check its safety, it is advisable to have your home’s plumbing checked.   A Plumb WOF is an honest assessment of your plumbing to see what’s looking good and where safety can be improved, damage avoided & money saved.

 

What will be checked?
  • Hot water system
  • Bathroom, kitchen & laundry plumbing
  • Spouting & downpipes
  • Water & drain pipes
  • Water pressure

Only accessible, visible plumbing can be checked – Craig will not be digging up your lawn or opening your walls!

 

The WOF Report

After Craig has done the inspection, you will receive a thorough report, itemising what has been checked and making professional recommendations.  All recommendations will be fully explained so you can make an informed decision about any plumbing work you would like to have done.

 

How Much Does a Plumb WOF Cost?

It costs $59+gst per house/flat – that’s it!  Should you decide on receiving the report that you want to go ahead with any of the recommended work, the cost of that work would be additional.  As many plumbing issues aren’t obvious until they’ve already caused significant damage, a Plumb WOF is money well spent.

 

Take a look at our leaflet and book your Plumb WOF today!

Craig & Julie

 

 

Check Your Plumbing is Earthquake Ready

Our sympathies and thoughts go to all those who have been affected by the recent earthquakes.
We thought it would be helpful to suggest some checks you might want to make of your home’s plumbing to ensure it hasn’t been damaged by the quakes and to reduce the chance of damage in future shakes.

Keep your Family & Friends Safe with a Tempering Valve

Look for a tempering valve in your hot water cupboard, attached to the cylinder's pipework.

Look for a tempering valve in your hot water cupboard, attached to the cylinder’s pipework.

What’s a tempering valve?

A tempering valve mixes hot water from your cylinder with cold water from mains or supply tank to deliver water to taps at a safe temperature.  In a home, that temperature must, by law, be below 55 degrees.  In some other places, such as retirement homes and childcare centres, it must be below 45 and 40 degrees, respectively.

Why do I need a tempering valve?

A tempering valve is a safety feature that prevents scalding by controlling the temperature of water coming through taps and showerheads.  While everyone in a house benefits from its protection, it is peace-of-mind especially for those with young children who may play with taps or elderly family members.

Can’t I just turn down my hot water cylinder?

No.  Hot water cylinders are set at a minimum of 60 degrees in order to kill bacteria.  When water drops below this temperature, the likelihood of a person becoming sick from using the water increases.  A tempering valve is fitted to the hot water outlet  pipe coming from the hot water cylinder so the water has been heated enough to kill bacteria before it is mixed with cold water to bring it down to a safe temperature.

How do I know if I already have a tempering valve?

Tempering valves are mandatory in new builds and Council-consented jobs involving plumbing.  It is considered good plumbing practice to inform customers if they don’t already have one installed in their home.  You can look for a tempering valve in your hot water cupboard, attached to the cylinder’s pipework.  Most have a black, blue or clear circular plastic cap on them.

What if I don’t have a tempering valve?

Call Plumb!  Valves usually cost about $200+gst.  Additional fittings and labour vary, depending on the set-up of your hot water cylinder.  Craig would be very happy to give you an obligation-free quote to install a tempering valve to protect you, your family and friends.

Keep safe,
Julie and Craig